Maui Kamaole Beach

Three beach parks—Kamaole I, II, and III—stand like golden jewels in the front yard of the funky seaside town of Kihei, which is exploding with suburban sprawl. The beaches are the best thing about Kihei; these three are popular with local residents and visitors alike because they’re easily accessible. On weekends, they’re jam-packed with fi shermen, picnickers, swimmers, and snorkelers.

The most popular is Kamaole III, or “Kam-3,” as locals say. The biggest of the three beaches, with wide pockets of gold sand, it’s the only one with a children’s playground and a grassy lawn that meets the sand. Swimming is safe here, but scattered lava rocks are toe stubbers at the water line, and parents should make sure kids don’t venture too far out, as the bottom slopes off quickly. Both the north and south shores are rocky fi ngers with a surge big enough to attract fi sh and snorkelers; the winter waves appeal to bodysurfers. Kam-3 is also a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Facilities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and lifeguards. There’s plenty of parking on South Kihei Road, across from the Maui Parkshore condos.

Maui has beautiful beaches on South, West and East side.

West Side

D.T. Fleming Beach Park

Kalapua Beach

Kaanapali Beach

South Side

Kamaole III Beach Park

Ulua Beach

Wailea Beach

Makena Beach

Oneloa Beach (Big Beach)

East Side

Baldwin Park

Hookipa Beach Park

Hamoa Beach

Waianapanapa State Park

Maui beaches are gorgeous. You should carry plenty of sunscreen, water and have a great time.